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  1. says:

    My goodness, my memory is atrocious I thought that the ending of this book was supposed to be the ending of the final book in the quartet, so now I will be continuing on with the series going in totally blind This was so enjoyable, I love these books so much The nostalgia is real I do think that they could have been fleshed out a little bit though There is a bit of glossing over and jumping forward in time in big leaps, so things moved very fast in pace I wish I had the chance to slow down a My goodness, my memory is atrocious I thought that the ending of this book was supposed to be the ending of the final book in the quartet, so now I will be continuing on with the series going in totally blind This was so enjoyable, I love these books so much The nostalgia is real I do think that they could have been fleshed out a little bit though There is a bit of glossing over and jumping forward in time in big leaps, so things moved very fast in pace I wish I had the chance to slow down and savour it .Other than that, loved the action, the characters, the world


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    I still enjoyed reading this series, but severalproblems stood outwith this book First off important events kept being dropped casually into the conversation or mentioned in passing and that was that I was very taken aback when it was said that Alanna s father died last month , and that was about it There were several other instances as well that this happened but I can t remember right now Also time seems to be passing too quickly At some point I had to struggle to keep up an I still enjoyed reading this series, but severalproblems stood outwith this book First off important events kept being dropped casually into the conversation or mentioned in passing and that was that I was very taken aback when it was said that Alanna s father died last month , and that was about it There were several other instances as well that this happened but I can t remember right now Also time seems to be passing too quickly At some point I had to struggle to keep up and remember that all these happened within long periods of time between each other Then the romance I appreciate that it s not overdramatized or anything, but I also felt like it just happened Like, in the last book there was no mention of it at all, and then suddenly in the first chapter of this book the goddess declared that George was in love with Alanna That was jarring So was when people suddenly started sleeping with each other without talking much about it at all I was confused Some things that have had a huge build up such as the Ordeal ended up being too simple I ve noticed this pattern with pretty much all the climaxes in the series they never even lastthan a few pages I mean, I hate reading about fighting battles myself, but this is a book that s supposed to be all about it, right Another gripe I have is that how Alanna seems to be a foolproof radar when it came to evil people From the moment she saw Roger, she had already hated him inexplicably Same with Delia, who turned out to be his pawn I guess I really don t like it when evil people are so obviously portrayed to be evil from the start There s no surprise, no twist, nothing Wouldn t it have beenexciting if he seemed to be a good guy and then surprised by everyone by turning out not to be a good guy after all Unreasonably good instincts in a hero is something I ve always disliked.I don t know, maybe I m just being picky Or maybe this was meant for people much younger than me, hence the simplicity of the plot and everything I could understand that, I guess


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    SPOILERS AHEAD I don t want to fall in love I just want to be a warrior maiden HAHAHAH YEAH RIGHT,GREAT JOKE ALANNA Sooothis book was basically like a sketch of Alanna s teenage years In on chapter she s 13,in the next one she s 15 view spoiler in one chapter she s all like I am powerful woman ready to take my place in this world and in the next one she s like omfg Jon,I know you re sleeping around and stuff but I want to be the one you sleep with too hide spoiler Alanna SPOILERS AHEAD I don t want to fall in love I just want to be a warrior maiden HAHAHAH YEAH RIGHT,GREAT JOKE ALANNA Sooothis book was basically like a sketch of Alanna s teenage years In on chapter she s 13,in the next one she s 15 view spoiler in one chapter she s all like I am powerful woman ready to take my place in this world and in the next one she s like omfg Jon,I know you re sleeping around and stuff but I want to be the one you sleep with too hide spoiler Alanna gives everything these cutesy names which made me throw up a bit Come on,she names her cat Faithful Jesus view spoiler And,of course, only Alanna suspects that Duke Roger is scheming behind everyone s back He s apparently extremely cunning and smart but obviously Alanna can beat the shit out of him because she s so talented and special 1 hide spoiler Oh,please,spare me the pain.Book view spoiler Oh,yeah,let s add Alanna telling Jon that she loves him and her telling her friends,and she lied to them for years, that she s actually a girl Their reaction hide spoiler How can you not doubt Alanna s decisions when she prefers Jonathan to George What about the development of the supporting characters I don t knowbecause there isn t any development THE END


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    Review andat I found this second book to havethrills than the first book, I did feel there were things lacking here but only a little bit.For starters I still think these books are way too short for what they are high fantasy adventures There s no room for world building which is a shame because the world the author has created here has a lot of potential to be as intriguing and mysterious as Middle Earth Here we get introduced to a go Review andat I found this second book to havethrills than the first book, I did feel there were things lacking here but only a little bit.For starters I still think these books are way too short for what they are high fantasy adventures There s no room for world building which is a shame because the world the author has created here has a lot of potential to be as intriguing and mysterious as Middle Earth Here we get introduced to a goddess which we have no backstory on whatsoever and no hints on how the belief system in this world works We also meet a purple eyed cat who is also special in the eyes of the goddess but we have no idea why Will we find out in later books I m sure going to find out.In this book the time for our MC passes very quickly with her turning from young teenager to young adult in not many pages Once again I will say I liked all the adventure and thrills these books have to offer as well as one of my favourite female characters in fantasy Alanna herself remained to be as strong and brave as ever even when her secret was revealed in the end Even though I saw that coming it still was handled in a very good manner with me wondering what will become of her in the next book.So in all this was still a good addition to a well crafted series, I just wish the books could be longer so there would beroom for world and character development as those have a lot of potential here


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    I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, Oh, she gets a cat in this one I bet it s a magic cat I bet it talks I was joking But I was totally right Alanna not only acquires a talking cat who also has purple eyes, natch , a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic nec I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, Oh, she gets a cat in this one I bet it s a magic cat I bet it talks I was joking But I was totally right Alanna not only acquires a talking cat who also has purple eyes, natch , a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic necklace At this point, girlfriend is getting really weighted down with magical swag She s going to have to start carrying trunks around with her, and I love it The first book in the series moved quickly In the Hand of the Goddess moves even faster, flying right through the rest of Alanna s training and ending soon after she graduates This means that sometimes an entire year takes up only a few chapters, and the lengthy timeline means that the book can sometimes feel like just a string of separate events instead of a cohesive story Halfway through the book, we get introduced to a neighboring country, Tusaine, and before we can even catch our breath, Alanna and her friends are being moved to the front lines because suddenly there s a war happening I expected the war to take up a significant chunk of the story, because apparently I haven t grasped how this works yet, but instead the entire Tusaine conflict lasts about fifty pages before it s wrapped up and never really mentioned again I had to finish the book and think back over the entire plot before I realized that the central story of this book is Alanna s continued struggle with Duke Roger, the evil sorcerer from Book One I m happy to report that by the end, Duke Roger view spoiler is out of the picture Alanna kills him in a trial by combat, which also accomplishes the job of revealing her gender to everyone, which saves us some time so he at least doesn t have to become a recurring villain who wears out his welcome hide spoiler The theme of this book is magic not only do we have Alanna versus the evil sorcerer, but there s also a lotabout her own personal magic, and, as the title suggests, how the Goddess has specific plans for our heroine Still not sure where we re going with all of this, but I m confident that it will be awesome.The other important aspect of this book in this installment, Alanna becomes sexually active, and I do not have enough space to fully explain how perfectly Tamora Pierce presents sex to her readers the intended age group for these books, remember, is ten to twelve year olds So there s this scene where Alanna decides that for fun she s going to put on a dress and walk around looking like a girl there s a very subtle subplot in this book about Alanna learning that she can be a warrior and look like a girl, and that femininity does not equal weakness, and gaaaaahhhh I love it so much For spoiler purposes I won t say which boy ends up putting the moves on her while she s in the dress, but for a minute it s kind of icky, because he s like, You re fighting what has to be and Surely you ve realized all along this had to happen and I was thinking oh god, Tamora, please don t let our protagonist s first time happen after some boy emotionally coerces her into sex, but Alanna sticks to her guns and walks away And THEN this crucial scene happens Alanna is back in her room, and decides, on her own, that she s ready, and that she wants this, so she goes to his room and they have sex It s so important that the sex is presented in exactly this way as a choice that the girl makes because she wants it, not because anyone is pressuring her into it and it s so subtly done that most girls in the target age group who read that scene won t even realize how important it is And greatest of all, the sex isn t some great turning point in the story it s just another part of growing up for Alanna, and isn t made out to be anyimportant than anything else that happens in the book Little girls get so many messed up messages about sex growing up, and it s so great that Pierce s books tackle the subject so well, and this book gets an extra star because of it In fact and this relates to the previous point the only place where this series still needs to improve is the way it treats female characters who are not Alanna So far, Mistress Cooper is the only other female of substance, and in this book, we meet the first girl who is Alanna s age Her name is Delia, she flirts with the boys and is generally the classic ultra femme useless girl, and Alanna hates her This is not great, and even worse, the girl view spoiler turns out to be a spy for Duke Roger Hear that, little girls If you see a girl flirting with a boy you like, it means she s evil hide spoiler At this point in the series Alanna is totally that girl who says that she s not like most girls and only hangs out with guys because girls are so bitchy, and I do not like it My hope for the next book Alanna gets a female friend Andmagical swag Maybe she ll get a dragon next


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    Some girls have it easy And they have it all The love of a Prince Charming for sure The love of an equally handsome Prince of Thieves for the thrills Good looks that will explain points one and two even if these good looks amount to red hair and purple eyes Incredible martial prowess that allows one to defeat much larger and experienced opponents Strong magic Healing magic at that But also a loving and devoted brother who happens to be the strongest sorcerer in liv Some girls have it easy And they have it all The love of a Prince Charming for sure The love of an equally handsome Prince of Thieves for the thrills Good looks that will explain points one and two even if these good looks amount to red hair and purple eyes Incredible martial prowess that allows one to defeat much larger and experienced opponents Strong magic Healing magic at that But also a loving and devoted brother who happens to be the strongest sorcerer in living memory And a dedicated servant who will take care of your fife remotely so that they do not have to be burdened with the mundane when saving the world Magic sword A must Really Magic cat Also with purple eyes, for the record honestly And other handy magic baubles That come with being the chosen one of a Goddess Love and full support of friends As well as love and support of a nearly every single person they come across except for the Sinister Antagonist or his Minions Intelligence bright enough to be the only person to identify and reveal the Sinister Antagonist and his machinations.Now, tell me what can possibly be interesting about a story with such set up The first part of Alanna s tale was interesting precisely because in order to become the first warrior maiden in hundreds of years, Alanna had to overcome several obstacles in herself because she was a spoiled brat and around her And she did that with grace and humility that won me over This book is written around the idea that Alanna needs to conquer her three cardinal fears to become a knight a fear of love see points one and two , fear of the rite of passage that will take her to knighthood see points four and five , and her fear of the Sinister Antagonist see the rest It would be interesting if there would be anything challenging in these Alas, there is not Everything that has been imperfect and this exciting about Alanna has long vanished like the fact that she has been portrayed as not being a good empath, in this instalment her ability to feel people and situations in general is as flawless as the rest of her and so she shines like a star regardless of the circumstances.Additionally, the second wave feminism vibes that were previously somewhat toned, go rampant here and the causal sex as well as the sexual emancipation is doubly jarring when compared with the middle grade innocence of the last book A definite, no thank you from me.Also in the series 1 Alanna The First Adventure 3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man 4 Lioness Rampant


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    What happened I ve read several of Tamora Pierce s books, but had not read the Song of the Lioness quartet and thought it time I start I enjoyed the first book, Alanna The First Adventure I liked Alan, nee Alanna, in her single minded determinedness and her unawareness of self and the effect she had on others I liked the supporting characters It was light, pleasant, and fun so I was eager to read this second book I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with identity issues, romantic i What happened I ve read several of Tamora Pierce s books, but had not read the Song of the Lioness quartet and thought it time I start I enjoyed the first book, Alanna The First Adventure I liked Alan, nee Alanna, in her single minded determinedness and her unawareness of self and the effect she had on others I liked the supporting characters It was light, pleasant, and fun so I was eager to read this second book I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with identity issues, romantic issues and other problems that come with becoming a young adult I expected the book to be less geared to 8 12 year olds, as the first had been, andwritten with teenagers in mind These are the expectations I had before reading the boook I was terribly disappointed view spoiler While Alan does grow up and does have to deal with all the problems I had expected and while the book is not aimed at the 8 12 year old set though it s also not aimed at anyone over the age of 16 , I felt the story to be tiresome and riddled with cliche It was like reading a long volumed shojo manga without the pictures in that the heroine is now a cute, determined girl whose existence is based on a lie, but those who know the truth love her evenbecause of her lie Although she has very little sense of self and almost no discernable personality, she has a strong sense of right and duty and this is how she comes to all her decisions She is also chosen of the Goddess, who even comes to visit the young heroine, bestowing gifts aplenty She manages to snare the love of the two most eligible bachelors in the realm and has to choose between the two In choosing, it s not so much that she makes an informed decision based on her feelings as she defaults to the one who isavailable, falling into his bed out of convenience and because everyone keeps telling her she needs to learn to love What about her makes her so endearing to all these men and one woman Further, everything she puts her hand to leads to success She is instrumental in winning wars, she thwarts attempts made on her life without realizing they were attempts on her life She is kidnapped but rescued before anything horrible can happen And all the inconsistencies throughout the book are wrapped up tidily at the end everyone was acting like an imbecile because there was a spell cast over them all, though there were moments of lucidity when one character or another would have suspicions I loved Alan s determination and need to prove herself in the first book, when she was just out of childhood and was developing emotionally and physically However, in this volume, it comes across as lack of awareness and the inability to react to her environment in a believable way Instead, she relies mostly on luck, her steadfast friends, the Goddess and the writer s love of keeping her character safe I was evendisappointed with the continuing villain who is supposedly the most powerful sorcerer around He s slowly killing the queen, he has everyone under his control, he makes lame attempts on Alan s and Jonathan s lives and then he dies easily So much for powerful sorcery hide spoiler I found myself rolling my eyes regularly at Alanna, her situations and the resolutions to all her problems While many of the supporting characters remain interesting, they re not enough to carry the story I am hoping this book was just a flimsy bridge to get to Alanna s adult life as a knight and I hope her further adventures prove to beinteresting and I hope she grows as a character, otherwise this is going to become a tedious series


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    Really good overall More uneven than the first book, with some wacky point of view stuff centered on a boringly generic bad guy.The series took a definite swerve into YA which one of these perfect dudes will she love and added a really good cat character All of that was well done and good.The knight and chivalry parts continue to be great Onto book 3


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    I m having a little hard time progressing with this book In the first place, I chose this book because I was looking for a bad ass female character and because of the good reviews However, I m having troubles liking Alanna And the story itself Why Because in one chapter she is 13 year old, in the next one, 15 year old and so on She starts being Jonathan s lover when I m still picturing her as a child, for God s sake Another thing why don t like her is because she keeps contradicting hersel I m having a little hard time progressing with this book In the first place, I chose this book because I was looking for a bad ass female character and because of the good reviews However, I m having troubles liking Alanna And the story itself Why Because in one chapter she is 13 year old, in the next one, 15 year old and so on She starts being Jonathan s lover when I m still picturing her as a child, for God s sake Another thing why don t like her is because she keeps contradicting herself First, she says she never is going to love someone, bla, bla Then, she becomes lover of Jonathan and where does her pride go And of course, I disagree with her choice Jonathan over George WTF EDIT Well, I finally managed to finish the book It was MEH One of the things I don t understand is why everybody likes Alanna so much in the book When she finally reveals she is a girl to all her friends friends who were deceived for YEARS they were like ok, we forgive you Just like that No one was surprise, or angry or NOTHING If this was a book for children it would be ok, but this is a YA book The same with the rushness of the story, it happens all too fast.So, the first book was good and entertaining, the second not so much I have to think if I m going to read the rest of the saga


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    Roger s suite of rooms was located very conveniently for Alanna s purposes This entire book was damned convenient for her I thought the first book was alright and picked this up because the entirety of tumblr was shitting themselves over the feminist shit in this book Let me tell you, there was some shit in this And were they feminist Alanna doesn t want love but because the author deemed it must happen, she s aged up 6 years in only a few chapters And the creeps trickle in.Alanna hasRoger s suite of rooms was located very conveniently for Alanna s purposes This entire book was damned convenient for her I thought the first book was alright and picked this up because the entirety of tumblr was shitting themselves over the feminist shit in this book Let me tell you, there was some shit in this And were they feminist Alanna doesn t want love but because the author deemed it must happen, she s aged up 6 years in only a few chapters And the creeps trickle in.Alanna has 2 love interests Jon the prince who s sleeping with several women at court and the King of Thieves, George At first I was all F Yeah Princes but then this happenedIt s a charm to keep me from having children, she stammered Mistress Cooper gave it to me a a long time ago Jon chuckled Have you ever tried it out he asked What s that supposed to mean she asked gruffly This Swiftly he kissed her again and again Alanna felt giddy and was grateful that his tight hold kept her from falling She was scared She suddenly realized she wanted to be the one in his bed tonight .ok, that s cool, BUT Jonathan stopped kissing her, only to start unlacing her bodice Alanna shoved him away, teffired No she gasped, grabbing her laces I was crazy to think Johanathan, please So he stops and throws this line You re fighting what has to be, he said, and you know it as well as I do But because the author just wanted the romance to happen, Alanna gives in to his pestering and sleeps with him WTF Such feminism Much girl power Wow.Then we have George, who is much better than Jon, but also has creepy moments of his own, thus making him another creeper and another reason to be disappointed These include forcing a kiss on her when she can t resist him and drugging her because she needs to rest.Gee, thanks for considering Alanna s feelings on the matter.These weren t even the tip of the iceberg You wondered what would happen if her secret of being a woman got out Ha It s utterly ridiculous.You wondered what the final showdown with Roger would be like LOL even the most powerful sorcerer in the world is no match for Alanna Who s only 16.Just no.While I admire Pierce s desire to write a series featuring a powerful heroine for women, I can t say that the events of this book supported her views I admire what she wanted to write, but what this book became was not that


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In the Hand of the Goddess Disguised As A Boy, Alanna Of Trebond Becomes A Squire, To None Other Than The Prince Of The Realm But Prince Jonathan Is Much To Alanna He Is Her Ally, Her Best Friend, And One Of The Few Who Knows That She S Really A Girl Now It Will Take All Of Alanna S Awesome Skill, Strength, And Growing Magical Powers To Protect Him From The Mysterious Evil Sorcerer Who Is Bent On His Destruction, And Hers Here Continues The Story Of Alanna, A Young Woman Bound For Glory Who Is Willing To Fight Against Enormous Odds For What She Believes In